"Without treatment, alcoholism can cause brain damage.
Alcohol kills your brain cells and you can lose some of your
intelligence. You struggle with almost anything to do with
thinking, such as writing, speaking, math, and planning."
"Long term drinking can severely damage your brain.
One such problem is Werneicke-Korsakoff syndrome - patients
arrive very confused. They tend to be very clumsy and can
be violent. It's a potentially lethal condition, commonest
in heavy drinkers who have a poor diet. People I've treated
have had problems doing their jobs and often lose them and
have real problems communicating properly with friends and
"I don't have much sympathy for those with long term
alcohol damage like cirrhosis. They knew the risks."